Cricket South Africa Suspends Officials

31 Oct 2019

Cricket South Africa is moving swiftly to conduct an independent investigation into the alleged "dereliction of duty" that saw senior officials Corrie van Zyl, Clive Eksteen and Naasei Appiah suspended by the organisation this week.

All three officials were barred from CSA headquarters in Johannesburg and from engaging with any of their colleagues until the investigation is complete.

Van Zyl had been serving as CSA's acting Director of Cricket and was in India with the Proteas as they lost their recent Test series 3-0 to India.

The issue centres around last year's Mzansi Super League (MSL) and an agreement between CSA and the South African Cricketers Association (SACA).

SACA had issued a dispute with CSA, claiming the organisation owed the South African Professional Cricketers Trust R2.5 million dating back to a commercial agreement around player rights that was signed in November 2018.

These suspensions, CSA say, are a direct result of that dispute.

Since the suspensions, CSA has agreed to pay over the R2.5 million to the Players Trust, but that is unlikely to mend the strained relationship with SACA, who are currently in the process of taking CSA to court to try and prevent a proposed domestic restructure that would see the current six-strong franchise system scrapped and the domestic game extended to 12 provincial sides.

SACA CEO Tony Irish has raised concerns over CSA's conduct throughout the court procedure, accusing them of sidestepping and delaying the process.

That matter, in SACA's eyes, is far more serious than the R2.5 million that has seen Van Zyl, Eksteen (Head: Sales and Sponsor Relations Management) and Appiah (Chief Operating Officer) suspended.

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